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May 2013: Table of Contents


On the cover: We graded Hawaii’s public schools using official Department of Education data.

Photo: David Croxford


The Extra

In a land that Hollywood treats like its own tropical backlot, one aspiring actor has a plan to make it big on the silver screen, without leaving home.

Grading the Public Schools

Once again, we’ve ranked more than 250 public schools across the state, using data from the state Department of Education. How does your school measure up?

Are Hawaii’s Schools Safe?

We look into what the Hawaii Department of Education is doing to prevent the unthinkable, and how well it's keeping students safe day to day.

Beyond Felix

It’s been 20 years since a class-action lawsuit forced the state to dramatically overhaul the way it provided special-education services to the students who needed them. Two decades after the Felix consent decree, here is what special education looks like in Hawaii’s schools today.

Editor’s Page: Schools and Stars

How we're covering the public schools this year


Our readers respond.



  • A New Vietnam War Memorial
  • Reasons to get out and go in May
  • Books and Media
  • Nightmare on the 21st Floor
  • Unsolicited Advice: Take credit cards!
  • Mods vs. Rockers
  • Field Notes: Stump Trivia at The Manifest



Gatsby-inspired fashions, creative brooches, a new surf-wear collaboration and more.


Ono: Food & Dining

Taste, a juice bar roundup, plus drinks at The Manifest


From Our Files

HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific—chronicling the Islands since 1888.


Afterthoughts: Hot Wheels

My rides keep getting stolen, but I'm finally getting smarter.

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Colin Nishida, Beloved Chef and Restaurateur, Leaves a Culinary Legacy

Colin Nishida

An entire community remembers the owner of Side Street Inn.


Closing of Popular Lanikai Pillbox Hike Delayed Until Further Notice

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

The state asks for public input as it works to repair the old concrete observation stations on the trail, commonly known as “pillboxes.”


First Look: Panda Dimsum in Kalihi

Panda Dim Sum

Frogs, hedgehogs and bees, oh my! This spot dishes up cute, Instagrammable dumplings.


Kaimukī Gets da Shop, a New Kind of Bookstore and Event Space

Da Shop

It takes guts to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the days of instant online gratification, but in da Shop, local publisher Bess Press has found a way to allow fickle/loyal readers to have their cake and eat it, too.


20 Great O‘ahu Hikes

Explore 20 great adventures that offer beautiful vistas, waterfalls and more.



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